Fight Club is a psychoanalytical film that addresses the themes of identification, freedom and violence. It acknowledges Freud’s principle which stresses that human behavior is the result of psychological conflicting forces and in order to analyze these forces, there needs to be a way of tapping into peoples minds. The narrator tells his personal journey of self-discovery through his alter ego and his schizophrenic experiences. The movie is told through a sequence of events is told through a flashback that starts with insomnia.
Jack starts attending support groups for testicular cancer survivors that let him release his emotions and can finally is able to sleep at night. Although he pretends to be someone he isn’t, he becomes addicted to these support groups because he has met people who will listen to him and feel sorry for his problems. His apartment explodes and he moves in with a man, who he had just met on a plane ride, who teaches him lessons about freedom and empowerment. When Jack is upset about losing all his belongings, Tyler warns him that his possessions will own him.
They find a new therapy in beating each other up which they call Fight Club. Others join the elite fighting club and Jack is completely consumed with his new lifestyle and becomes uninvolved with his life at work. The story twists and Jack’s life becomes unstable when Tyler turns Fight Club into a cult. He starts questioning Tyler’s motives and has to go against his alterego to protect the woman he realizes he cares about. His journey to find his alterego is the basis of the film, which helps Jack to finally find his identity. Fight Club was directed by David Fincher.
He also directed other popular movies, including ****. The purpose of the film has social, economic, political and artistic elements in it. In the social aspect, the movie addresses how people should live and act around others. It brings up how a society should bring up questions fundamental to its survival. It gives social commentary about our generation. It shows our generation as lacking spirit and recognized by consumerism. The economic element plays a huge role in this film. The director is trying to prove that society cannot survive without material possessions.
We are built on consumerism. The more possessions a person owns, the greater the economy is. The movie shows that consumers are attached to material possessions and that materialism and consumerism go hand in hand. Society has adopted the values that possessions are the highest value in life and that the only way to be successful is to have a large amount of nice material possessions. These items control the people that society has become and people spend their whole lives trying to find their identity through material items.
The political elements of the movie are shown through the politics of violence. The movie focuses on masculinity, violence and gender. It resembles the pathology of individual and institutional violence that fills America, ranging from hate crimes to criminal subcultures. Violence functions mostly through the politics of denial, insulation, disinterest and inability to criticize with self-consiousness. This is the violence that represents society today. The artistic elements of the movie are shown by the repeating theme of Jack’s journey towards enlightenment.
He attends support groups and learns how to meditate to become a happier person. There is a principle aspect of Buddhism shown throughout the movie. The aspect shows that “Life is suffering and by giving up everything and becoming free of desire, one can achieve enlightenment. ” Middle-eastern practices are used to satisfy emptiness in life. The theme relates to the issues and questions about identity. Jack is on a spiritual journey towards enlightenment in modern day society. He is trying to find his place in the world. He wants to fill the emptiness in his life.
He has a dull, unfulfilling job and lives a monotonous life, characterized by possessions. The theme shows how the film presents a clear point-of-view on the topic. The title means a lot in relation to the film as a whole. Fight Club makes Jack feel more alive. It’s not about winning or losing but about words exchanged when the fight ends. Nothing mattered to Jack after each fight because he felt like he was saved and powerful. The film’s theme is based off of the two fundamental instincts that Freud gave to human nature.
He believed that humans have life and death instincts, characterized by sexual and aggressive tendencies. Jack used the Fight Club to suppress his aggression and feels free embracing it at the club. He expresses his sexual instincts in his alterego, by only having sexual experiences when he does not believe he is himself. It helps him find his identity. The opening means a lot to the film as a whole because Fight Club makes Jack feel more alive and it is all about him finding his identity. In the beginning of the movie, Jack is identifying himself as a set of IKEA furniture set he is ordering.
The material items he owns identify who he is as a person because he is not sure exactly what kind of person he is. He then goes to a support group of cancer victims to identify himself with people who he feels have empty lives. He doesn’t know how to identify or express himself until his alterego is created. The film is set up this way because it sets up the rest of the movie and shows that consumerism and materialism are the main themes. The climax occurs at the end of the movie when Jack realizes that he is really talking to Tyler when he is “held at gunpoint” by him.
He learns that his alterego is really Tyler and this makes Jack realize who he is and that he doesn’t need to pretend he’s someone that he’s not. The film ends with Jack shooting himself in the head to get rid of Tyler, his alterego. This makes Jack realize who he really is and that he doesn’t need to pretend to be someone he isn’t. Tracking was used in many scenes to follow Jack and Tyler while they were fighting. A low angle camera was used during the fight scene to increase the power, size and status of the characters fighting.
The film techniques made the fighting and action scenes seem more real and intense. The low camera angle shot up at a subject and got a closer angle. The sound and dialogue in the movie was loud and revealed when important parts of the movie were happening. The camera is used outside but it seems like inside when the characters are fighting because the cameras film close up with low angles. There is a lot of violence contained in many of the scenes in this movie. There are different locations that the narrator is traveling to.
He rides on airplanes to make friends to talk to and identify himself with them. He goes in and out of his alterego world and thinks they are different geographical places to portray the psychological part of the character. The movie moves fast in the alterego Tyler’s world and personality. He is also in control and completely confident of every situation, even though he has no conscious. The movie moves fast in Jack’s personality and his stable world because he is unsure of himself and hasn’t found his identity until the end. The lighting sets the mood for the movie.
The lighting is dark to show the themes of confusion and violence in the movie. The color is not bright or intense. It is dark and spooky to enhance the themes and darkness of the movie. The inside light is very dark to enhance the horrible condition of the house they live in and the negative environment of confusion Jack is living in. The basement where the Fight Club is located is completely dark, except in the middle of the rink to show the main part of the club. The outside light changes but is mostly darker to show the negative aspects that the characters are dealing with.
The colors range from dark browns, reds and black with a lot of shadows. The colors are very dark and not intense. The movement of Tyler relates to him by showing his dark side and relates to Jack and his dark side of confusion and schizophrenia. Fight Club is a movie that shows the effect of society’s obsession with consumerism and materialism today. It is about a man on a journey to find his identity in life. The movie is very suspenseful and can be confusing. The climax happens towards the end to build up suspense and to show the main themes of the movie.